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Justin Timberlake-Hosted 'SNL' Posts Best Ratings in More Than a Year

March 11, 2013 (2:15 am) GMT
The 'In Time' star teams up with Andy Samberg to bring back 'D*ck in a Box Duo', and disses Kanye West in his performance of 'Suit and Tie' in the star-studded episode.

boosted "" ratings to its best in 14 months. The March 9 edition of the show averaged a 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 in the 25 markets with local people meters. It's up 32% from last week's episode hosted by and the highest for the variety series since January 7, 2012, when served as the host.

In metered-market households, the episode which marked Timberlake's fifth hosting stint on "SNL" delivered a 5.9 rating, topping any telecast on broadcast networks that night. It's the same haul not achieved by the show since the Barkley-hosted edition.

On Saturday, Timberlake opened the show with a quite short monologue followed by a "Five-Timers" sketch where he joined the club of five-time hosts. There, he was welcomed by , , , and . and also made appearance, playing a bartender and a waiter respectively.

The "" actor also brought back to reprise "D*ck in a Box" guys, using 1990s-style R&B to woo Judy Peterman. Aykroyd and Martin then jumped in, reprising their roles as the Festrunk Brothers.

Also booked as the musical guest, Timberlake sang "Suit & Tie" and "Mirrors". He was joined by his collaborator for the first song. During his performance, he possibly dissed who recently criticized the song, changing a line in the second verse to "My hit's so sick, got rappers acting dramatic."

Justin Timberlake's monologue:

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